Al-Sadr calls it quits

Posted: 4/15/2007 by Floyd in Labels:
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An announcement is to be made Monday of the departure of Muqtada al-Sadr's six ministers of Iraq's government which control the ministries of Health, Agriculture and transportation. The withdrawal will not affect Sadr's 30 members on parliament. Al-Sadr is widely popular in the Shia communities and his Mehdi Army Militia has fought with the Iraqi Army and U.S forces, the Iraqi Study Group has put his numbers of militia in the neighborhood of 65,000 strong and it is noted this is an old number and could be even more at this time.
This decision came on the heels of earlier this month when tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in a major protest that called for outside forces in Iraq to leave, according to the spokesman for al-Sadr the decision was made because Iraq's Prime Minister did not respect the will of the people by demanding deadlines for the foreign troops who are there. It is clear to see the fragile state of the Iraqi government, and no one knows when the government can actually function on it's own nor whether it ever will be able to stand alone and govern itself, we are over four years in and little if any progress has been made.
Al-Sadr spokesman: ministers to leave Iraq government - CNN.com
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